Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flat, delicious burgers recipe plus #book giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber

Cookbook Nook giveaway on!

Right up until Thanksgiving, I’m always thinking about what I’m going to be grilling on the weekends. Hamburgers definitely fall into the mix every time. I love to barbecue. And I make great hamburgers and turkey burgers and bison burgers.

Or do I?

So, my husband—you remember my husband...he is the one who loves to read foodie magazines. Well, recently, he was reading an article in a magazine, and he said, “Honey, you have to see this. Do you know how you can make a hamburger perfectly flat?”

Well, of course, I thought I did, but he read me the article anyway. How could I say no? Lo and behold, I didn’t know how to make a flat burger. Mine are always puffed in the middle.

The article revealed that although a hamburger might look perfectly flat when you form the beef into a patty, it invariably puffs in the center as the meat cooks.

Yep, that’s mine.

This either makes it hard to pile on goodies after it’s done or you might overcook the middle just to make sure the puffy center is cooked. Ick. I hate overcooked burgers.

The article said there was a solution.

Here’s my quickie version of the recipe with photos:

(*works on all types, turkey, bison, and beef)

1) Form the burgers into flat patties on a clean work surface. That’s what I always do. But make them about an inch wider than the bun. (I use about 6 to 8 ounces of meat; cooks down to 4 to 6 ounces.)


And then…

2) Press down on the center of each patty, using your fingers to make an indentation. Now the article said to press “halfway through the burger thickness.” That’s hard to do. Just make an indentation. It works. Don’t overwork the meat; you don’t want it to get tough.

Can you see the indentations?

3) Cook over a hot grill to desired temperature. Most pundits will say 160 degrees F. I judge by time. About 4 minutes a side under the broiler or on a medium high grill.

4) Here's the amazing the burger cooks, juice starts collecting in the center of the meat and stays there! It keeps the burger moist as it cooks. The burger shrinks “into the center” as it cooks. And levels out.

See it pooling?


Enjoy a great burger. We did. With a yummy salad that I'd laced with cheddar cheese.

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  1. I enjoy reading culinary mysteries of all varieties. The recipes included are a nice bonus. I've tried making a number of them successfully (tastes good and enjoyed by family). Unlike some recipes the ones featured have been taste tested so I've found them to be quite successful.

    1. I'm so glad you like the recipes in the books. We do work hard to make them fun!

      Daryl/ Avery

  2. I love watching cooking shows and collecting cookbooks. Reading culinary mysteries allows me to collect more recipes to try along with indulging in my favorite hobby: reading! Kuzlin at

    1. Ah, yes, that favorite hobby. I love reading, too! A great way to connect with others is talking about books you've read, don't you think?

      Daryl / Avery

  3. I enjoy reading and looking at recipes (especially looking at the pictures). Thank you for the tip on cooking flat burgers. I am looking forward to reading Stirring the Pot. I love the Halloween theme cover! Just adorable. <3

    1. Jen, thanks so much. My artist is so talented! I gave her the idea of Tigger in the hat. :)

      Daryl/ Avery

    2. I forgot to add my email address: myrifraf @ :)

  4. I like culinary mysteries because I love a good mystery and reading about food, recipes, and how the food is prepared and served. That theme adds so much to a good story. Thank you for the chance tow in.